Lesson 12.4: Real-World Connection

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Be a Safe Sport!

The clock shows five seconds left in the game. Your team is losing by just one goal. You want to take the ball and score a goal. But you are cheering from the sidelines because you injured your leg. According to doctors, however, many sports injuries can be prevented.

Each year, about 20 million children play sports during and after school. Unfortunately, about 5 million of those children suffer some kind of injury while playing.

To help children play sports safely, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF) has named April National Youth Sports Safety Month.

During April, the foundation plans to teach children about sports safety. The foundation's message is that most sports injuries can be prevented.

How to Be a Safe Sport

According to the NYSSF, you can do a few things to keep from getting a sports injury:

  • Do warm-up stretches before and after playing any sport. Stretching helps loosen tight muscles and tissues.
  • Do not play when you are in pain. Pain is a sure sign of an injury!
  • Use proper sports safety equipment, such as helmets, elbow pads, kneepads, safety glasses, wrist guards, shin guards, and mouth guards.

The NYSSF says that playing sports and exercising help children stay healthy and make friends. But no matter which sport you play, always remember to have fun!

Word Wise

injury:
An act that damages or hurts: Cam had an injury and couldn't play the game.

foundation:
A large organization; a group of people who work together: The foundation teaches children how to play safe.

equipment:
All the special items that are needed to perform an activity: Coach said we need money for new equipment this year.

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Activity

You have learned about things you can do to stay safe while playing sports. Draw a diagram of a person getting ready to play a sports game. Make sure to label all the pieces of safety equipment this person should be wearing for protection. Under your diagram, list three other things you could do to prevent an injury while playing sports.

Data Hunt

Sports Camp
Registration 9:00 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.
Warm-Up Exercises 10:00 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.
Running 11:30 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.
Lunch 12:30 p.m. — 1:45 p.m.
Soccer Game 2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.

The chart shows the times for several activities at Sports Camp. About how long does each activity last?

  1. Running
  2. Soccer Game
  3. Lunch
  4. Registration
  5. Warm-Up Exercises